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I think they are slowly... fading

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The Calvin Comparison

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I can't seem to do anything

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MDD Problem or Solution

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MD and Spirituality (Religion)

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Wow...3 years Later

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Thoughts and Things #1:Hit

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MD and Science

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For the scammers:

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Stella Kwale Danger

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            Hi maladaptive-daydreamers this is my first time writing a post with out thinking about doing it for weeks so am just gonna pour my heart out , this past few month's have been an emotional roller coaster for me i had my ups and downs and i can simply say i'm proud of my self :) i finally came to peace with having this condition and took a leap of faith and told someone in my real life about MD .           I always blamed my self for anything that was wrong in my life md was one of…See More
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Maladaptive Daydreaming and Mania?

A thing with my maladaptive daydreaming is that there are certain things that really trigger it, more than normal, and whenever I end up triggered like this, I have a kind of manic mood swing. It will be something like, increased pain tolerance and euphoria, as well as shaking and heavy breathing, almost like a panic attack. Also the urge to break things (although I am always able to control this). Sometimes I'll additionally have trouble speaking and disordered thoughts, and often the urge to…See More
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Famous Maladaptive Daydreamers?

Started by Jennifer. Last reply by Liliana Stewart 10 hours ago. 7 Replies

Since I like to write a lot, and I've written a few novels, I've given a lot of thought to what famous writers (and other creative types) have been maladaptive daydreamers.I suspect that one of my favorite writers, JK Rowling, was one of us. She…Continue

Maladaptive Daydreaming and Mania?

Started by Liliana Stewart. Last reply by Liliana Stewart 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

A thing with my maladaptive daydreaming is that there are certain things that really trigger it, more than normal, and whenever I end up triggered like this, I have a kind of manic mood swing. It will be something like, increased pain tolerance and…Continue

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God's punishment? (Help!)

Started by Aquamarine. ♡❄. Last reply by Bee yesterday. 15 Replies

Hey... me venting again (which, is usually what I'm known for anyway). This is like... the bottom I never wanted to reach, I feel like I'm truly faced with two paths and I have to decide NOW which to pick.I would be deeply grateful if you read my…Continue

Im speechless..just found out about MD

Started by mrs carr. Last reply by Hector on Saturday. 10 Replies

I cannot believe that after living with my secret world for 30+ years, there is not only a term for it, but other people with it too. I only by chance happened upon the term yesterday during a google search for symptoms of depression, after my…Continue

Daydreams making my depression and anxiety worse

Started by Chelsea. Last reply by Padraic on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I used to daydream as a way to escape and it used to make me feel better, it helped me anxiety a lot. Lately all of my daydreams are depressing, sad, full of anxiety and pain. What I put my daydream characters through is extreme and I can't seem to…Continue

Test Poll: Gaming Genres

Started by Bee. Last reply by Bee Nov 23. 2 Replies

Some of us have been looking for a way to add polls - it doesn't seem possible to simply embed the code into posts. So, I've found an easy compromise - Straw Polls. They're easy to setup and all we have to do is add the given link to a post.To see…Continue

Was it right? What to do? (Help!)

Started by Aquamarine. ♡❄. Last reply by Roel Nov 22. 5 Replies

So... this is my first time interacting with other MDers and it makes me so happy! :D Feels awesome not struggling while explaining your complicated situation to someone who will eventually see it as a made-up disorder to gain pity and attention...…Continue

Tags: celebrity-crush, imaginary-boyfriend, imaginary-lover, question, help

Two factions of Day Dreamers?

Started by I was. Last reply by I was Nov 21. 15 Replies

I have known all along how and when my day dreaming began. In middle school, high school and through half of my college I had these chronic headache's accompanied by sinus inflammation, eye watering etc that made it impossible for me to concentrate…Continue

Tags: dissociation, dreaming, day, maladaptive, cure

Do you feel in control of your daydreaming still?

Started by Maddy Creamer. Last reply by Roel Nov 17. 3 Replies

There have been so many times when I'll be listening to someone speak and then all of a sudden I'll just melt into a daydream and completely miss an entire conversation or instruction. I am conscious of the fact that these are daydreams and when…Continue


Started by ufo. Last reply by ufo Nov 16. 9 Replies

gonna try to make this as brief as possible - i think  daydreaming (at least in my case) has a lot to do with having power over things. you can create whatever you want, do whatever you want, and say whatever you want. and if it doesn't work out,…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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